This is an amazing book that reads as well as any Mitchner work. I recommend this for Summer reading or as fare for students of the Revolutionary War. We do not think of New York State in terms of rugged Wilderness. However, even today this region is somewhat wild in many areas. If you have not lived or traveled in the area it is made somewhat easier by roads. The rugged woods that were a part of the Battle remain.
I have driven in and around this region many times. Its rugged beauty persists till the current era.One does not need to go to Maine to see the primeval woods. It is much closer in Adirondak Park.
Onto an amazing part of the book. This area should have been fairly well known to the military in the UK. Many Battles were fought in the Ticonderoga and William Henry area. Armies had to contend with these obstacles in the French and Indian War.
Saratoga marks the last major campaign in the Northern region. There were plenty of raids, but the focus was elsewhere.